Murrells Inlet mother charged with unlawful neglect for shoplifting with kids while high

    (J. Reuben Long)

    A Murrells Inlet woman is facing several charges after police say she was trying to shoplift a cart full of stuff from the Garden City Wal-mart while high and with her two children.

    Monique Felicia Mantell, 35, was arrested on July 8 after a call from the loss prevention officer, according to a police report.

    The officer says Mantell confessed to stealing the merchandise that was in her shopping cart, worth a total of $317. When he ran her identity, it came back with an outstanding warrant and she was arrested, the report states.

    While searching her, the officer found a green plastic bag containing four wax paper slips with a brown powder substance believe to be heroin. The officer questioned her and she reportedly said it was heroin and she had just bought it and "snorted two bumps" before leaving to go to the store.

    The two children who were with her were 11 and 3, according to the report. The report does not say who took custody of the children after Mantell was arrested.

    She was charged with shoplifting, larceny, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, and drug possession. She was released on bond as of July 10.

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